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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in North Lake Tahoe? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Duke's - Casino Fandango restaurant
4.8
4.8 (98)
$31 to $50
American
Carson City
About the restaurant
At Duke's, savor spectacular USDA Prime beef prepared to perfection while enjoying our extensive wine selection. The elegant ambience and extraordinary service is yet another reason Duke's is recognized as one of Northern Nevada's premier restaurants and was voted BEST Steakhouse in Carson City.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Price has gone up, just like everything else but the food is still great, Dan the bartender makes the best drinks. Service is excellent.
A photo of Le Bistro Tahoe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (705)
$50 and over
French American
Incline Village
About the restaurant
Fine dining, craft cocktails,excellent wine list in a cozy back street location with patio dining. Incline Village Lake Tahoe. Perfect for date night or special occasions.
Soup of the day,Lobster Bisque, Oysters, Foie Gras, Gnocchi, Escargot, Ratatouille, Filet Mignon, Lamb , Duck , Chicken, Fresh Fish, Pork, Veal.
A la carte menu
Thank You

Top review
ChiaP
Dined 6 days ago
We all chose the four course course menu and shared the delicious appetizers, salads and entrees. The food is exquisite; someone at the table has to get the lamb chops - they never disappoint!! Cold asparagus and hericot verts sides were pure and delightful!
A photo of Smoke Door - Lake Tahoe Saryo restaurant
4.9
4.9 (102)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kings Beach
About the restaurant
Smoke Door Lake Tahoe Saryo is a Japanese-inspired restaurant using primitive wildfire cooking methods highlighting seasonal ingredients from Japan and the Tahoe region.    

Our Executive Chef, Tyler Burges, hails from notable restaurants such as Michael Mina, Angler, and the esteemed Saison and is driven by seasonality and innovation. 
Nestled in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Tahoe, it offers an unforgettable dining experience with views of the open kitchen and wood-burning hearth. 


Please note, we are unable to accommodate vegans or celiacs within our restaurant. If you have any specific dietary restrictions, allergies, or aversions please contact us via email at info.smokedoor@gmail.com.

**We are unable to accommodate any children under the age of 6 within our restaurant.**

Top review
1Moevip
Dined 5 days ago
Fine dine in Tahoe....nice! Great atmosphere, food and staff. Everything was excellent and I will be back.
A photo of Christy Hill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2104)
$50 and over
Californian
Tahoe City
About the restaurant
A memorable dining experience awaits you as you enter the Christy Hill Restaurant in the center of Tahoe City. The restaurant sits on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on an elevated embankment offering diners a panoramic vista. The intimate setting offers guests a view that is only upstaged by the cuisine, wine and service. Spectacular sunsets that can be seen from every table is just one of the many reasons that Christy Hill was voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" and "North Lake Tahoe's Iconic Restaurants with World-Class Views" by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Executive Chef, Luis Vallin, focuses on sustainability and innovation, supporting local merchants and farmers. The thoughtful and playful menu pays homage to the tradition of Christy Hill while continuing to uplift and propel the cuisine and restaurant into exciting new territory.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We had a lovely dinner sitting outside on the patio watching the sunset and enjoying the music.. The staff were very helpful and compassionate with our family member on a walker. The food was beautifully presented. It was a most memorable 64th wedding anniversary dinner. Thank you one and all.
A photo of Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1344)
$31 to $50
Californian
Tahoe City
About the restaurant
North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurant and popular bar is celebrating 41 years of exceptional service. As a family-run business, Wolfdale’s provides lakeview dining with a warm ambiance, and uses 'Cuisine Unique' to describe the fresh and simple aesthetic of each dish. Since opening in 1978, Chef Douglas Dale has developed a fusion style of California and Asian influences that is present throughout the menu. Wolfdale's accommodates gluten-free and vegan guests.
Top review
Kelceyrydervip
Dined today
The premier restaurant in the Tahoe area! Small menu so everything is perfect and it is! Superb service too!
A photo of Caliente - Kings Beach restaurant
4.2
4.2 (551)
$30 and under
Southwest
Kings Beach
About the restaurant
Located in historic Kings Beach and just minutes from the waterfront, Caliente takes its name from its diverse family neighborhood surroundings. Caliente specializes in the flavor of the American Southwest and beyond. Think Santa Fe, or as we like to say, “Southwest, South”. Caliente, opened on August 3rd, 2007 after an extensive remodel, is one very important step in the revitalization of the Kings Beach neighborhood. Today, Caliente stands on North Lake Boulevard as the stunning example of the Kings Beach remodel in progress. We take great pride in our creation and our clean, casual and friendly atmosphere awaits your visit. Caliente offers an unequaled and unique variety of quality fun, food and beverage at affordable prices. Dining out is more than just a meal, it is an event based on value and a wonderful experience. Combine our meals with generous premium Margaritas and our famous signature drink, The ChupaCabra, and we have created a dining experience to remember.
Top review
JuleeFvip
Dined 4 days ago
We always enjoy coming here for dinner! The views from the deck are just amazing! The drinks are good, the food is good and the service was great! We will definitely be coming back next year too!!
A photo of PlumpJack Cafe Olympic Valley restaurant
4.5
4.5 (671)
$50 and over
American
Olympic Valley / Squaw Valley
About the restaurant

PlumpJack Cafe is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe's premier dining destination. Fine dining and exceptional wines are in our heritage, and we'd love to share our passion with you on your next visit. We offer a complete and unique menu that is sure to satisfy you after a long day in the mountains.
PlumpJack Cafe & Bar hours of operation are Thursday-Monday from 4-9pm. The Bar will be open at 4:00pm for drinks & cocktails, followed by our full dinner menu from 5-9pm. Please note that we may be closed on select dates for special events. Please call 530.583.1578 or check plumpjackcafe.com for the most up to date hours.

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DiningDuovip
Dined 3 days ago
We sat on the outside deck. The weather was perfect and our waiter Garrett and his assistant were fantastic. Our dinner was delicious.
A photo of Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster restaurant
4.7
4.7 (75)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Incline Village
About the restaurant
The Crystal Bay Casino and New Chef Travis Kroell cordially invite you and guests to dine with us at the famous Steak & Lobster House. Set in a cozy Victorian Style dining room, experience great food and accompanying a playlist of vintage music. Enjoy a variety of USDA Certified Angus Beef Steaks, Huge Maine Lobsters and a great selection of Sides, Sauces and Appetizers. Choose from a massive variety of wines from all over the world or enjoy our elegant full bar.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We have been going to Crystal Bay restaurant for 40 years. Always great food and service. Love the old school steak house ambiance. Please don’t change it!!
A photo of Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4551)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carnelian Bay
About the restaurant
Currently seating on the beautiful lake view deck under Tahoe sunshine or ample cover of heat lamps and umbrellas. Please dress warm!
For 34 years Gar Woods Grill and Pier has been the premier waterfront dining destination in North Lake Tahoe. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill and Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. Our Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in a fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. The wine list is a collection of best-known California vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy the waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods world famous Wet Woody. With over three million sold, you will be in good company! Or thaw out with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly Bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.

Top review
Cordvip
Dined 2 days ago
Overall except. Fun, great service and beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Drinks and food were superb.
A photo of Big Water Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1227)
$31 to $50
Californian
Incline Village
About the restaurant
Nestled in the mountains of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Big Water Grille has spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Our Chefs are impressing diners with his fresh/seasonal menu. Join us for a martini in the lounge, a glass of wine on the deck or a fine dining experience in the dining room. Choose from our craft cocktails or extensive wine list from around the world.
Top review
CarolG
Dined 6 days ago
We eat here every year, it is consistently great. Excellent cocktails, wine and food. Nice view at sunset.
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